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A new start for family as we reach 5,000 homes

Our newest development Lakeland Meadows, located on Penrith Drive in Wellingborough, has helped us hit a milestone of owning and managing 5,000 homes, but most importantly has helped local residents onto the property ladder.

Claudette Blair, 55, was living in a privately rented two bedroom flat with no outdoor space before applying for one of our shared ownership homes. On the 3rd July, she received the keys to her new two-bedroom home with a garden for her and her 14 year old son.

Claudette outside her new home

She said: “I didn’t want to pay rent on something that wasn’t mine and thought that shared ownership was ideal as I would struggle to get a mortgage at my age. It was really exciting seeing it being built and knowing that it was mine.

“There is no better feeling than to have your own home – it’s a new start for me”.

You can read more about Claudette’s share ownership journey here.

The 40 new homes on this development marks 5,000 properties that we own and manage across the County. They consist of a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership, rent to buy and market rent homes ranging from one, two and three bedrooms.

Our chief executive, Jo Savage, commented: This is a really exciting milestone for us to reach and to know that these new homes that we have built are becoming safe places for so many families and helping others get onto the property ladder has made it so much more rewarding.

“Now more than ever, we are committed to providing great services and high-quality living environments to all of our 5,000 households as our homes have become so much more important to us over the last few months. We will continue to work in partnership with other organisations and authorities across the County to develop a diverse range of new homes to meet local needs.

“I want to personally thank every staff member, organisation, partner and customer who has helped us achieve this milestone and provide safe homes for many”.

Chief executive, Jo Savage and patron, Revd Richard Coles at the construction site of Lakeland Meadows back in October

Work started on the site in 2019 by developers Galliford Try Partnership. The land was acquired from the Borough Council of Wellingborough and was developed using grant funding from Homes England.

Cllr Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Council expressed his delight saying: “It is wonderful to see this development completed and that it will help so many people and provide them with a brand new affordable home.

“With over 500 households on the council’s housing register this new development, with its choice of tenures designed to meet people’s budgets, and a range of property sizes for singles/couples and families will go towards meeting some of the housing needs in the area. 

“I am pleased that the council has been able to play a large part in enabling this development to happen by transferring land to Greatwell Homes to meet local housing needs”

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As featured on Housing Digital.